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  1. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    The existing baseball team and the Timbers were both owned by Merritt Paulson. He chose the plan that would have had the Beavers leave PGE Park in order to be renovated to accommodate the Timbers. As such, the City of Portland didn't kick the Beavers out of PGE Park in order to hand control of the facility over to the Timbers. Merritt Paulson simultaneously owned the Pacific Coast League's Portland Beavers, the United Soccer League's Portland Timbers, and the rights to a Major League Soccer franchise in Portland. When he was awarded the rights to the MLS franchise in March of 2009, Paulson opted to have PGE Park renovated for his soccer team(s). Meanwhile, the City of Portland was to explore options for building the Paulson-owned Beavers a new ballpark elsewhere in Portland by 2011. Numerous sites were considered, but - for various reasons, including public criticism - were ultimately rejected. Ultimately, with the 2011 Pacific Coast League and Major League Soccer seasons fast approaching, Paulson elected to sell the Beavers in October of 2010. The group that bought the team, led by then-San Diego Padres owner Jeff Moorad, talked of moving the team to a new ballpark in Escondido, California. Ultimately, Moorad and his partners relocated the team to Tucson, Arizona in time for the 2011 Pacific Coast League season. Eventually, plans for the Escondido ballpark were dropped and the team was sold to MountainStar Sports Group. The new owners purchased the team with the plan to relocate it to El Paso, Texas in time for the 2014 season.
  2. Portland ECHL Team Unveils Name-the-Team Finalists

    Mariners makes the most sense, as it fits with Portland's maritime history and harkens back to the AHL team of the same name. After that, I'd go with Puffins. It's a unique name that ties into Portland's coastal location and would lend itself to an attractive logo. Lumberjacks, while fitting for Maine overall, doesn't really speak to the Portland market's maritime culture. Wild Blueberies is just plain asinine. As for Watchmen, if the team wants to adopt a name that will serve as a tribute to the 65 historical lighthouses in Maine, it should opt for Beacons. That said, if the team does end up selecting Watchmen, I want the franchise's first player to be sent to the penalty box to turn to the off-ice official serving as the attendant and say, "I'm not locked in here with you. You're locked in here with ME!"
  3. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Everything that I've read has indicated that, under the MLS stadium plan, auto racing and the speedway are to remain. The fairgrounds, which hosts flea markets, various expo center events, auto racing and the annual Tennessee State Fair, is set to receive a $6 million upgrade that will turn 46 acres on the fairgrounds' south end to park space and recreational soccer fields. Another $12 million has been set aside for building demolitions and upgrades.
  4. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Nashville MLS group unveils first look at stadium proposed for fairgrounds Nashville's MLS Expansion Releases Plan... for 30,000-Seat Stadium John Ingram, chairman of Nashville Soccer Club Holdings and the man heading-up the city's bid to land a Major League Soccer franchise, unveiled the preliminary plans for a 30,000-seat, HOK-designed stadium at Fairgrounds Nashville last night. The presentation took place at a special Metro Council committee meeting. Ingram was joined by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's COO Rich Riebeling, who told council members that the mayor's office hopes to finalize stadium financing negotiations with Ingram within the next 45 to 60 days and file legislation governing a stadium deal by October. Ingram indicated that development of the stadium would be the centerpiece of a "private-public partnership" and that the facility's planned size reflects "a combination of what we think about the future growth of MLS and if it works out that another tenant could use the facility".Vanderbilt University Vice Chancellor David Williams, who has been involved in ongoing talks with Ingram about making the proposed stadium a dual-purpose facility that could play host to Vanderbilt football, was also in attendance. He mentioned that the stadium would need to be capable of holding between 33,000 and 35,000 attendees for a shared-facility scenario to work. Apparently, architects have designed the stadium in such a way as to keep said option open. Ingram stressed that the stadium renderings were preliminary. He added that the design was meant "to try to emphasize function over form" and that the bid group would like "something that would be aesthetically pleasing - but not look like it was dropped from outer space". Metro Council members said they plan to fully vet the proposal. Let the financial wrangling begin.
  5. Baseball is returning to Luther Williams Field in Macon, Georgia. Specifically, a summer collegiate outfit in the Coastal Plain League. The team has unveiled the five finalists in its "Name the Team" contest. They are: Macon Bacon Macon Heat Macon Hits Macon Noise Macon Soul Frankly, based upon these candidates, I'm of the mind that they should have simply resurrected the Macon Peaches name sported by teams in the South Atlantic League, Southern Association, Southern League, and Southeastern League for 42-and-a-half seasons. As of now, only the Macon Bacon moniker has been registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. You can provide the team with feedback about the team name finalists at
  6. Could the Rays be moving to Las Vegas?

    Correct. The Twins played "footsie" with the Triad, as opposed to the Triangle.
  7. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Incorrect. Construction of Gillette Stadium was privately financed by Bob Kraft on land he had privately purchased years before. While the Commonwealth of Massachusetts provided $70 million in up-front infrastructure improvements - including access road construction - around Gillette Stadium, the Krafts are legally obligated to reimburse the state for said work, in full, via annual payments.
  8. The Marvel Comics Movie & Television Thread

    Hmmmmmmm... new nomenclature for those characters accompanying Thanos. They appear to be Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, and Black Dwarf. Along with Corvus Glaive and Supergiant, the three pictured villains were known as the Black Order in comic book continuity, not the Children of Thanos. I'd heard that the Black Dwarf character had been renamed Cull Obsidian in film continuity. If this tweet is to be believed, it would seem the entire assemblage of villains has undergone a name change, as well.
  9. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Hamilton County Commissioner: Major League Soccer needs to accept Nippert Stadium I suppose it could simply be posturing, but Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune has told the Cincinnati Enquirer's "Politics Extra" that he is "unconvinced that [FC Cincinnati] need a new stadium". Portune is the president of the board of commissioners. Further, his party is in the majority on said board. As such, he is wielding considerable power when it comes to determining whether or not public funding such as sales tax money gets spent on a soccer-specific stadium for FC Cincinnati. Frankly, a riverfront stadium site in Newport, Kentucky is looking more and more likely.
  10. Well, according to the G-Braves' general manager, North Johnson, Gwinnett Buttons, "... was, by far, the most popular submitted name, so it has made our 'Final Six'."
  11. The Gwinnett Braves have unveiled the options in their name-the-team contest, along with their (purported) significance and suitability. They are: Gwinnett Big Mouths - Named after the state fish of Georgia, the Big Mouths are a tribute to bass fishing on Lake Lanier. Gwinnett Buttons - The Buttons honor Gwinnett County’s namesake, Button Gwinnett, signatory of the Declaration of Independence. Gwinnett Gobblers - The Gobblers celebrate the outdoors, hunting and eating all the foods we love in the state of Georgia. Gwinnett Hush Puppies - Our stealthy hunting dog is sneaking through the weeds, about to rustle up some ducks. But don’t think we’re all that serious. You can expect a “corny” fan experience at the “Puppies” game! Gwinnett Lambchops - A chop off the old block, the Lambchops marry the region’s love of home cooking with the Tomahawk Chop of the Atlanta Braves. Gwinnett Sweet Teas - It’s a regional icon “to a tea!” The Sweet Teas celebrate the laid-back lifestyle of Gwinnett County while displaying a real sweet look. Voting is underway through July 24th.
  12. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    The notion that the New England Revolution name is "the butt of jokes across both MLS and New England" strikes me as an overstatement... particularly insofar as its reception in New England is concerned. Many Revolution supporters argue that the name should be retained. They reason that it speaks to the history of both Boston and New England as a hotbed of revolutionary thought and activity leading up to and during the American War of Independence. Further, there are those who also feel that abandoning the identity after 22 seasons of use is a blow to the development of an authentic soccer tradition in the United States. After all, they ask, how is soccer in this country expected to build tradition if supporters are so willing to jettison history - including "dated" team identities - in the name of aping international club branding styles and erasing less-than-stellar eras in team management? American-style team names - Chicago Fire, Los Angeles Galaxy, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps - are, whether some supporters wish to acknowledge it or not, part-and-parcel of the authentic history of the sport of soccer in this country... and, by extension, the sports's history worldwide. And the instability of Major League Soccer's early years isn't something to be ignored. Rather, the league's growth from the "fledgling" status of MLS 1.0 to the success of MLS 3.0 should be remembered, recounted and celebrated - lurching and stumbling included. As for the Revolution name being the "butt of jokes across... New England", as I said, you'd find that a significant number of the club's supporters wish to see the identity retained. And, to date, most of those New England sports fans who aren't currently soccer supporters haven't given the franchise enough thought to even consider the team "the butt of jokes". The Revolution simply fly under their radar. There's no reason to believe that many of those sports enthusiasts couldn't be won over to the New England Revolution - identity and all - if the club was being operated competently in a soccer-specific stadium in the Greater Boston urban core. Finally, as a New England Revolution supporter, I couldn't care less what the fanbases of other sides across MLS think of my team's name. Their opinions of my side are immaterial to me.
  13. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Would it be a boon to both the franchise and Major League Soccer for the New England Revolution to be operating out of a state-of-the-art, transit-friendly, centrally-located, soccer-specific stadium in the Greater Boston urban core? Absolutely. That said, the quest to get such a facility built has proven - with good reason - to be a heck of a lot more difficult than you seem to understand. There is nothing "easy" about securing a plot of land suitable to host a soccer-specific stadium in Boston or one of the city's inner suburbs. Given the compact nature of the Greater Boston urban core, the majority of developable land in the area sits cheek-by-jowl with residential neighborhoods. Said neighborhoods are chock-full of residents predisposed to NIMBY attitudes. Further, given the historic refusal of political leadership at both the state and municipal levels in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to expend public funds on the construction of sports facilities to house major professional tenants, any developer of a soccer-specific stadium in Greater Boston is likely going to have to be willing to pay market-rate to purchase or lease land upon which to build the facility, and equally amenable to financing its construction. Believe me, as a Revolution supporter, I'd like nothing better than to believe that the team will soon be operating as "an MLS 2.0 or 3.0" organization, particularly insofar as their home facility is concerned. That said, I'm not holding my breath.
  14. Minor League Baseball News

    While I'm sure that there are people who would love to see the Triple A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox relocate to Worcester, I don't know that I'd say that the city "is knocking down the door to get the Pawsox". Yes, in the wake of the failure of the proposed move of the PawSox to Providence back in 2015, there were those in the Worcester political and business communities who floated the idea that an effort should be made to lure the top-tier farm club of the Boston Red Sox to Central Massachusetts. For example, a pair of Worcester City Councilors - Phil Palmieri and Gary Rosen - proposed that City Manager Edward Augustus, Jr. begin working with the Worcester Chamber of Commerce, community leaders in the city's Canal District, and other civic organizations to put together a package to lure the Pawtucket Red Sox to a new ballpark to the city. There were those who opined that the site of the former Wyman-Gordon industrial property near Worcester's Kelley Square would be an ideal spot for a state-of-the-art minor-league ballpark. The city's non-profit Canal District Alliance reportedly reached out to the PawSox ownership group. Still, Tim Murray - President and CEO pf the Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce - is on record as saying, "If the deal (in Rhode Island) were to fall apart, I think people here would be willing to listen, but everyone recognizes this requires significant municipal assistance. Massachusetts, traditionally, has been reluctant to use tax dollars to those kind of things, and I think in most cases, appropriately so." City of Worcester spokesman John F. Hill has said that while the city is open to discussions with the team, Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus has no intention of using public money to finance stadium construction. The same question plaguing the PawSox ballpark plans in Pawtucket would be an issue in Worcester. Namely, who is going to foot-the-bill to pay to build the facility? In Worcester, a second query can be added to that one: Where's Worcester's plan?
  15. Minor League Baseball News

    It is going to be interesting to see what transpires with regard to the Pawtucket Red Sox getting a new ballpark built in Rhode Island. The team is seeking $38 million in public funding - $23 million from the state and $15 million from the City of Pawtucket - as part of the project's overall $83 million pricetag. However, Governor Gina Raimondo and members of the Rhode Island General Assembly have been less than enthusiastic about publicly embracing the project. Stay tuned.